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Colonizing California

Episode one of a six-part audio series exploring the struggle for Indigenous language survival in California.
Length: 60 min.
Place: California
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In Episode One, we are introduced to the language revitalization efforts of the Tolowa Dee-ni’, Karuk, Wukchumni and Kawaiisu Indigenous communities. Through their experiences, we examine the colonizing histories that brought Indigenous languages to the brink of disappearance and the struggle for Indigenous cultural survival in America today.

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